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Answering the calls of the wild

No wildlife call is too small for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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    Answering the calls of the wild

    Fox in the yard? Bat in the bedroom? Injured bird in the road? No call is too small for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

    In suburban Northern Virginia, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s service calls are an even split between domestic and wild animals. Pledged to resolve all human-animal conflicts safely and humanely, AWLA staff find daily ways to promote peaceful coexistence among all the region’s creatures.

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    This 'little' piggy

    They don’t actually exist, but that doesn’t stop “mini” pigs from showing up at shelters

    Deceptive breeders, naive buyers and the pet pig fad among celebrities—pop princesses and famous athletes, we’re looking at you—are causing shelters’ and sanctuaries’ porcine populations to skyrocket. Here’s how to care for smart, strong-willed pigs in a shelter environment and help wannabe pig parents make smart decisions.

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In this issue: Getting to know your community means getting outside your own four walls; a major push to help animals in Puerto Rico; taking effective evidentiary photos in cruelty cases; a rescuer argues for setting aside labels to make more of an impact for animals; why maintaining shelter animals’ emotional health is so important; and more.

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    Baby, it's cold outside

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine January/February 2012

    Download this Mouthpiece for tips on keeping pets warm in cold weather

    Keeping your pet warm doesn't have to mean putting him in embarassing sweaters. Download this Mouthpiece to give your community practical tips on keeping their pets safe and warm during cold weather.

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    Ambassador of adorable

    Nikki’s damaged ears haven’t ruined her looks. The pooch has become an ambassador for victims of dogfighting, and a powerful face in the struggle against animal cruelty.

    Pit bull mix survives ordeal to become humane education superstar

    Pit bull-boxer mix Nikki is a lover, not a fighter—but had the SPCA of Tampa Bay not intervened, she might have turned out differently.

    Nikki was picked up by humane officer Jill Purl in January 2011 when she was only 8 to 10 weeks old. She and her mother had been stolen, but her owner had found her again—tied up alone in a neighborhood backyard, with tiny rubber bands wrapped so tightly around her ears that they had sliced deeply into her flesh. Her ears were actually rotting off her head, and her mother was nowhere to be found.

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    A matter of life and breath

    Bobby Silcott and his dog Elvis, a basset hound with a little beagle in him, demonstrate one of the pet oxygen masks that Silcott is supplying to fire and rescue departments throughout Maine. Looking on is Silcott’s lemon-drop beagle, Priscilla.

    Maine ACO leads the charge for pet oxygen masks

    Pets in Maine can breathe a little easier— literally—knowing that Bobby Silcott is on the case.

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